Although it is offered as a guide, rather than as an official ‘how to’, it is intended to be generally applicable to every essay you ever have to write in every class that you ever take.There’s nothing mysterious in any of the following – this description is a set of guidelines that you’ve all heard or seen before, though maybe not laid out in exactly this way.The following is a description of the parts of an 'argumentative' essay, that is, an essay wherein you are, at the very least, trying to convince your reader that your point of view is the point of view they ought to adopt, using an argument/the power of reason.
Although it is offered as a guide, rather than as an official ‘how to’, it is intended to be generally applicable to every essay you ever have to write in every class that you ever take.
However, if your opinion is unclear/hidden in your essay, then that’s a serious problem, one that will cost you grades. Because the purpose of your essay is to defend your opinion using an argument.
If the grader is unable to determine what your position actually is, you’ll have a really difficult time convincing them of it.
That is, what you’re about to read is a guide to success on every ‘argumentative’ essay assignment you ever write (it is hoped).
Please don’t hesitate to ask further questions if you are unsure of something.
Since the essays are short, you will want to be concise about this, perhaps by quoting explicit definitions offered by the philosopher you’re considering, or by a brief explanatory sentence.
The second part of your exegesis will focus on the specific aspect(s) of the argument that you’ve chosen to analyze.'Exegesis' is just a fancy way of saying that it's a description of the argument/issue you'll be talking about in your essay.Every exegesis should have at least two distinct parts; the first part will involve a general description, or overview of the paper/position/problem you’re going to be addressing.The main goal is to improve upon your written philosophical skills (i.e., ability to make convincing arguments) so for now, don’t be too concerned with the ‘T’ruth.There are three major parts to every argumentative essay: If you are going to convince your reader of something, you must have something to convince them of, i.e., a point.The following is a description of what TAs, instructors, and professors are usually looking for in a philosophy essay, as adapted from a document prepared and shared by a recent Ph D graduate colleague here at UWO, Ryan Robb.It tries to include all the basic points about writing good essays.Before you can present your argument, you need to identify what your argument is going to be about.That is, you need to do an exegesis, the second part of every argumentative essay.Because your essays are short, and the goal of these papers is to improve upon your ability to make focused arguments in a way that convinces others to accept your conclusion, you should start by explicitly stating your thesis.For example, an essay from an intro course in philosophy might begin with the claim: Starting an essay this way is generally recognized as good form.